It’s the morning after the Olympics. Suddenly life in Britain returns to whatever counted for normal. Instantly the flow of comprehensive sporting coverage has been turned off and our daytime television schedules have returned to banale / mediocre / cheap compared to the extravaganza of excitement that was on tap for the previous 16 days. The 2012 Olympics are being packed away.
There is much talk of ‘legacy’ now.
I suspect that for many that legacy will be good memories of incredible performances and (for those privileged to attend) of amazing atmosphere. But that will fade, even with the inevitable flurry of DVDs and no doubt special review programmes that will remind us. Briefly.
It is hoped that the legacy will be an increased participation in sport and exercise. I imagine almost all of us could benefit from that. It seems ironic that an event that has had so many glued to their sofas might result in many getting off the sofas to be active.
It is hoped too that the younger generation will have been inspired to emulate their sporting heroes. Some of us are too old to do this now, except perhaps in the less mobile and less strenuous sports, but it would be great to see another generation of sporting heroes for us to cheer.
For some reason this idea of legacy has reminded me of Christmas. Many people who don’t normally darken the doors of a church will be coming along this year, as every year, to carol concerts and children’s nativities and the like. They will enjoy it. They may even be inspired by the familiar carols and sentiment.
But what of the legacy? How many will go back to their normal routines where God is just a pleasant memory that fades until next Christmas?
How many will increase their involvement in God’s mission activity as a result, and how many will remain comfortable (!) in the pews?
Will we release a younger generation to make the most of Christmas, taking the risk that they will do things very differently to us?
What will be the Christmas legacy? How will you make the most of it? A couple of suggestions:
Invite some friends and neighbours around for a Christmas party, with the option of joining you at a Christmas service at church afterwards.
Run some post-Christmas events at your church in January. Perhaps you could have a ‘present exchange’, or a session where those who understand gadgets can explain them to those who don’t.
Go Carol Singing around your neighbourhood in the winter snow, even if it’s in February. Sing ‘snow-related’ carols and explain that the message of Christmas is for all year round.
So, there we have it. My first bloggage about Christmas, in August. I even beat most of the stores to it!
Be blessed, be a blessing.
A different sort of legacy:
The lawyer gathered the entire family for the reading of the will. Relatives came from near and far, to see if they were included in the bequests. The lawyer somberly opened the will and began to read:
“To my cousin Ed, I leave my house.”
“To my brother Jim, I leave my money market accounts.”
“To my neighbour and good friend, Fred, I leave my stocks.”
“And finally, to my cousin George, who always sat around and never did anything, but wanted to be remembered in my will, I say, ‘Hi, George.'”